Muhammad Ali gave beauty to the boxing game and it’s with a broken heart that we announce his passing.
Known to many as the greatest boxer of all time, Ali who was 74 years passed on Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital where he had spent a few days being treated for respiratory complications.
According to a family spokesman Bob Gunnell, “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening.”
The legends daughter Rasheda revealed earlier today (Saturday) that he was no longer suffering before going on to add, “daddy, my best friend and hero” as well as “the greatest man that ever lived.”
Who was Muhammad Ali
According to NBC News, he was Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on Jan. 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to middle-class parents, Ali started boxing when he was 12, winning Golden Gloves titles before heading to the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight.
The Guardian says, Ali often humiliated opponents, with no dispensation for fellow black fighters, from Liston to Frazier. In a 1965 fight he made the inoffensive Floyd Patterson into a public punchbag for a lot longer than was warranted, because he reckoned the former champion was a spokesman for the establishment Ali had come to regard as the enemy. In February, 1967, shortly before the first phase of his career was to be cut short by the courts and boxing authorities, he forced Ernie Terrell – again in Houston – to suffer for the full 15 rounds that were standard in championship fights at the time, asking him repeatedly, “What’s my name?”, punishment for Terrell’s refusal to acknowledge his Muslim moniker.
Muhammad Ali was and will always be the greatest boxer to grace the game and it’s truly sad that the world had to lose a great icon like him.
Have a look at some of his greatest fights below.